Ernest E. West (American football)

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Ernest E. West
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born 1867
Rome, Georgia
Died June 15, 1914 (aged 46–47)
Rhea Springs, Tennessee
Playing career
1892 Georgia Tech
Position(s) Halfback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1892 Georgia Tech
Head coaching record
Overall 0–3

Ernest E. West (1867 – July 17, 1914) was the organizer, head coach, and player of Georgia Tech's first football team.[1]

West was born in Rome, Georgia in 1867 and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1888.[2] After graduation, he resigned his commission and practiced law in Georgia before becoming a professor at the Georgia school of Technology.[2] In 1892, he organized Georgia Tech's first football team, acted as coach and captain, and played halfback.[2] It was only season he would coach or play for the school. During the Spanish–American War, West served as a captain of marines.[2]

On June 14, 1914, during custody dispute over his nine-year-old daughter, West was found in a Chattanooga, Tennessee hotel room with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.[2] He survived his injuries, but died of kidney failure in Rhea Springs, Tennessee on July 17, 1914.[3]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (Independent) (1892)
1892 Georgia Tech 0–3
Georgia Tech: 0–3
Total: 0–3


  1. ^ "Ernest E. West Records by Year". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2007-12-01. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Writes Obituary, Seeks Death". The Atlanta Constitution. June 16, 1914. p. 10. 
  3. ^ "Capt. Ernest E. West Dies at Rhea Springs". The Atlanta Constitution. July 18, 1914. p. 3. 

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